25-Year-Old Defensive End – Carolina Panthers
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
While Charles Johnson is better paid and better known, it's Hardy who looks like the top IDP option among Carolina defensive ends. Hardy came alive in 2012 despite starting only 10 games, finishing wi...
Greg Hardy Contract Information:
Signed with the Panthers in June of 2010.
Hardy signed a franchise tender worth $13.1 million to remain in Carolina this season, the Charlotte Observer reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy, who tied the Panthers' team record with 15 sacks last season, will remain a feared figure along one of the league's best defensive line units next season. The 25-year-old ranked third in sacks league-wide last year and will now be able to negotiate a long-term deal to stay in Carolina over the course of the 2014 season. The defensive end figures to be one of the premier IDP players at his position in fantasy drafts this fall and benefits from being surrounded by so many playmakers in the Panthers' stout front seven.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy would receive approximately $12.5 million in guaranteed money next season should Carolina use their franchise tag designation on him. However, coming off a season in which he tied a team record by registering 15 sacks, the defensive end could be looking for more long-term stability in the form of a lucrative extension. Further, with the Panthers facing a messy cap situation and in need of boosting their roster elsewhere, Hardy stands a chance of not receiving an offer or being signed and traded by Carolina. In short, the Panthers face a complicated decision regarding Hardy, who has emerged in recent seasons on one of the league's best defenses. Fortunately, the team will have two weeks to determine their course of action.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy missed Monday's practice after feeling ill, but it appears he's back to full health just two days later. After tying the Panthers' franchise record for sacks with 15 during the regular season, Hardy will be relied upon to run down 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when Sunday's Divisional Round playoff clash rolls around.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy has six days to get healthy, before the Panthers host the 49ers in a Divisional Round clash between two defensive-minded teams. If the illness lingers and holds Hardy out of practice this week, Carolina fans may start to get a bit nervous. Hardy finished the regular season on a tear, recording seven sacks over the last two games, with 10 of his 15 sacks coming after Week 10.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hardy will start at defensive end, although the Panthers will need him to pick up his production from last season. He had three sacks in the first five weeks of the 2011 season but recorded only one thereafter.
Hardy was involved in a motorcycle accident during the offseason and is trying to regain his form to get back into football shape. New head coach Ron Rivera has stated that Hardy will start opposite Charles Johnson, if he's healthy, but his 2011 season hinges on how quickly he can get that way.
Rookie defensive end has a lot of upside but has been dogged by negative criticism for a perceived bad attitude and work ethic.